Special Report

The Highest-Grossing Kids’ Movies Since the Original ‘Toy Story’

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

4. The Lion King
> Box office: $543,638,043 (inflation-adjusted: $544,231,531)
> Release date: July 19, 2019
> Main cast: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen
> Directed by: Jon Favreau
> Production company: Walt Disney Pictures; Fairview Entertainment

The 2019 remake of the 1994 movie of the same name was a massive hit. It used photorealistic computer animation and an ensemble cast of voice actors to retell the story of the original film. While the film is second at the domestic box office, worldwide “The Lion King” set records for the highest-grossing remake and animated film by Disney of all time.

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3. Finding Nemo
> Box office: $380,529,370 (inflation-adjusted: $563,632,537)
> Release date: May 30, 2003
> Main cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould
> Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
> Production company: Disney-Pixar; Walt Disney Pictures

“Finding Nemo” is a story about how far a father will go to find his missing son. However, both are clown fish and they’re separated by the massive Pacific Ocean. The aquatic adventure takes the protagonist through varying underwater environments and dangers while introducing him to a quirky array of marine characters voiced by big names like Ellen DeGeneres and Willem Dafoe. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and won Best Animated Feature.

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2. Incredibles 2
> Box office: $608,581,744 (inflation-adjusted: $612,589,966)
> Release date: June 15, 2018
> Main cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
> Directed by: Brad Bird
> Production company: Disney-Pixar

Fourteen years after the premiere of the first movie, the Incredibles family returned to the big screen for this action-packed sequel. The story picks up where the last left off and sees the family of superheroes once again having to navigate family life, public opinion, government laws and ever-threatening super villains. The film debuted to make $183 million in its opening weekend in North America, smashing the record that “Find Dory” previously held

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1. Shrek 2
> Box office: $441,226,247 (inflation-adjusted: $651,536,982)
> Release date: May 19, 2004
> Main cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
> Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
> Production company: PDI; DreamWorks Animation; DreamWorks Pictures

“Shrek 2” premiered in 2004 and when adjusted for inflation, is the highest grossing kid’s movie on this list. Everyone’s favorite ogre is dragged back into the action as he sets off to meet the parents of his wife, Princess Fiona. At the time, the movie’s opening weekend was the second-largest of all time, only trailing 2002’s “Spider-Man.”

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